France at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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France at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  FRA
NOC French National Olympic and Sport Committee
Website www.franceolympique.com (French)
At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 363
Medals
Rank: 4
Gold
5
Silver
5
Bronze
9
Total
19
Olympic history (summary)
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Intercalated Games
1906

France competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, England.

Medalists[edit]

France finished in fourth position in the final medal rankings, with five gold medals and 19 medals overall.

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Grisot, EugèneEugène Grisot Archery Men's Continental style July 20
 Gold Auffray, AndréAndré Auffray, Maurice Schilles Cycling Men's tandem July 15
 Gold Alibert, GastonGaston Alibert Fencing Men's épée July 24
 Gold Alibert, GastonGaston Alibert, Herman Georges Berger,
Charles Collignon, Eugène Olivier
Fencing Men's team épée July 24
 Gold Thubron, EmileEmile Thubron Water motorsports Class A August 29
 Silver Vernet, LouisLouis Vernet Archery Men's Continental style July 20
 Silver André, GéoGéo André Athletics Men's high jump July 21
 Silver Demangel, ÉmileÉmile Demangel Cycling Men's 660 yd July 15
 Silver Schilles, MauriceMaurice Schilles Cycling Men's 5000 m July 18
 Silver Lippmann, AlexandreAlexandre Lippmann Fencing Men's épée July 24
 Bronze Cabaret, GustaveGustave Cabaret Archery Men's Continental style July 20
 Bronze Dreher, JosephJoseph Dreher, Louis Bonniot de Fleurac, Paul Lizandier Athletics Men's 3 miles team race July 15
 Bronze Auffray, AndréAndré Auffray Cycling Men's 5000 m July 18
 Bronze Lapize, OctaveOctave Lapize Cycling Men's 100 km July 18
 Bronze Olivier, EugèneEugène Olivier Fencing Men's épée July 24
 Bronze Ségura, LouisLouis Ségura Gymnastics Men's all-around July 15
 Bronze Arthus, HenriHenri Arthus, Louis Potheau, Pierre Rabot Sailing 6 m class July 29
 Bronze Bonnefoy, HenriHenri Bonnefoy, Paul Colas,
Léon Lécuyer, André Regaud
Shooting Men's team small-bore rifle July 11
 Bronze Balme, EugèneEugène Balme, Albert Courquin, Raoul de Boigne,
Léon Johnson, Maurice Lecoq, André Parmentier
Shooting Men's 300 m free rifle, team July 10

Results by event[edit]

Archery[edit]

The French team was one of three to take part in the archery competitions in 1908. They dominated the Continental style of archery, with the 15 French archers taking the top 11 places, as well as 13th, 14th, 16th, and 17th. The two non-French archers in the event, a Briton and an American, took 12th and 15th, respectively. The team did not do as well in the York rounds, with none of the 10 French archers who also competed in it placing better than 16th.

Event Place Archer Score
Men's double York round 16th Henri Berton 425
17th Eugène Richez 418
19th Eugène Grisot 410
20th Louis Vernet 385
22nd Louis Salingre 347
23rd Albert Dauchez 280
24th Charles Quervel 241
25th Edouard Beaudoin 215
26th Gustave Cabaret 191
27th Alfred Poupart Did not finish
Men's Continental style 1st Eugène Grisot 263
2nd Louis Vernet 256
3rd Gustave Cabaret 255
4th Charles Aubras 231
5th Charles Quervel 223
6th Albert Dauchez 222
7th Louis Salingre 215
8th Henri Berton 212
9th Eugène Richez 210
10th Edouard Beaudoin 206
11th Charles Vallée 193
13th Émile Fisseux 185
14th Jean Louis de la Croix 177
16th Alfred Poupart 155
17th Oscar Jay 134

Athletics[edit]

France's best athletics result was Géo André's silver medal in the high jump.

Event Place Athlete Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metres Heats Georges Malfait 11.2 seconds
2nd, heat 3
Did not advance
L. Lescat Unknown
3rd, heat 6
G. Lamotte Unknown
3rd, heat 11
Henri Meslot Unknown
3rd, heat 13
Men's 200 metres Semi-
finalist
Georges Malfait 22.6 seconds
1st, heat 5
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Heats Henri Meslot Unknown
2nd, heat 15
Did not advance
Men's 400 metres Semi-
finalist
Georges Malfait 50.0 seconds
1st, heat 6
Unknown
4th, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Men's 1500 metres Semi-
finalist
Jean Bouin None held Unknown
2nd, semifinal 7
Did not advance
Joseph Dreher Unknown
5th, semifinal 4
Louis Bonniot de Fleurac Unknown
6th, semifinal 1
Gaston Ragueneau Did not finish
—, semifinal 5
Men's 400 metre hurdles Heats Henri Meslot Unknown
2nd, heat 12
Did not advance
Georges Dubois Did not finish
—, heat 6
Men's 3200 metre steeplechase Gaston Ragueneau None held Did not finish
—, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Louis Bonniot de Fleurac Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Men's 3 mile team race 3rd Louis Bonniot de Fleurac None held 14:56.0
4 points, team=15
15:08.4
8 points, team=32
Joseph Dreher 15:37.2
10 points, team=15
15:40.0
11 points, team=32
Paul Lizandier 15:56.6
No score, team=15
16:03.0
13 points, team=32
No place Jean Bouin 14:53.0
1 point, team=15
Did not start
No score, team=32
Alexandre Fayollat 15:52.2
No score, team=15
Did not start
No score, team=32
Men's 5 miles Semi-
finalist
Paul Lizandier None held Unknown
4th, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Gaston Ragueneau Did not finish
—, semifinal 1
Event Place Athlete Height/
Distance
Men's high jump 2nd Géo André 1.88 metres
Men's long jump 21-32 Henri Guttierez Unknown
Men's pole vault 10th Robert Pascarel 3.20 metres
12th G. Koeger 3.05 metres
Men's standing high jump 5th Géo André 1.47 metres
Alfred Motté 1.47 metres
19-23 Henri Jardin Unknown
Men's standing long jump 8-25 Henri Jardin Unknown
Alfred Motté Unknown
Men's shot put 9-25 Charles Lagarde Unknown
André Tison Unknown
Men's discus throw 8th André Tison 38.30 metres
12-42 Charles Lagarde Unknown

Boxing[edit]

France competed in 4 of the 5 boxing events, not winning any bouts.

Weight
class
Place Boxer Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Bantamweight
Up to 116 pounds
4th Pierre Mazior Not held Lost to Condon
KO, 3rd round
Did not advance
Featherweight
Up to 126 pounds
5th Louis Constant Not held Lost to Ringer
2-0 decision
Did not advance
Etienne Poillot Lost to Gunn
KO, 2nd round
Lightweight
Up to 140 pounds
7th André Bouvier Lost to Holmes
KO, 2nd round
Did not advance
Middleweight
Up to 158 pounds
6th Gaston Aspa Lost to William Childs
KO, 2nd round
Did not advance
René Doudelle Lost to Douglas
KO, 1st round
Charles Morard Lost to Warnes
KO, 2nd round
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Great Britain 0 7 .000
Total 0 7 .000

Cycling[edit]

France took one of the gold medals in cycling with a win in the men's tandem. Schilles also finished first in the men's sprint, but the final was voided due to the time limit having been exceeded.

Event Place Cyclist Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 660 yards 2nd Émile Demangel 59.8 seconds
1st, heat 6
51.6 seconds
1st, semifinal 2
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
André Auffray 58.4 seconds
1st, heat 16
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
Pierre Texier 1:01.6
1st, heat 9
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 1
Heats Georges Perrin Unknown
2nd, heat 10
Did not advance
André Poulain Unknown
2nd, heat 12
G. Dreyfus Unknown
2nd, heat 14
Pierre Seginaud Unknown
3rd, heat 2
Richard Villepontoux Unknown
3rd, heat 4
Gaston Delaplane Unknown
3rd, heat 8
Émile Marechal Unknown
3rd, heat 11
Maurice Schilles Time limit exceeded
—, heat 5
Men's 5000 metres 2nd Maurice Schilles None held 7:55.4
1st, semifinal 7
Unknown
3rd André Auffray 8:56.8
1st, semifinal 3
Unknown
4th Émile Marechal 9:01.4
1st, semifinal 2
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
Pierre Texier Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
Did not advance
Pierre Seginaud Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
G. Dreyfus Unknown
4th, semifinal 6
Georges Perrin Unknown
4-7, semifinal 7
Gaston Delaplane Unknown
4-9, semifinal 5
Richard Villepontoux Unknown
4-9, semifinal 5
André Poulain Did not finish
—, semifinal 4
Émile Demangel Disqualified
—, semifinal 2
Men's 20 kilometres 5-9 François Bonnet None held Unknown
6th, semifinal 2
Unknown
Octave Lapize Unknown
4th, semifinal 4
Unknown
Semi-
finalist
C. Avrillon 33:40.8
2nd, semifinal 6
Did not advance
André Lapize Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
G. C. Lutz Unknown
4th, semifinal 2
Henri Baumler Unknown
5th, semifinal 4
H. Cunault Unknown
6-7, semifinal 3
Pierre Hostein Unknown
7-8, semifinal 1
Pierre Texier Did not finish
—, semifinal 5
Men's 100 kilometres 3rd Octave Lapize None held Unknown
4th, semifinal 2
Unknown
5th Pierre Texier Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
Unknown
9-17 François Bonnet Unknown
7-14, semifinal 1
Did not finish
G. C. Lutz Unknown
2nd, semifinal 1
Did not finish
Semi-
finalist
André Lepere Unknown
7-14, semifinal 1
Did not advance
Charles Avrillon Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
H. Cunault Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Pierre Hostein Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Jean Madelaine Did not finish
—, semifinal 2
Men's sprint Finalist Maurice Schilles 1:38.4
1st, heat 3
1:38.8
1st, semifinal 2
Time limit exceeded
Semi-
finalist
Émile Demangel 1:35.2
1st, heat 9
Unknown
2nd, semifinal 3
Did not advance
André Auffray 1:23.6
1st, heat 10
Unknown
3rd, semifinal 4
Pierre Texier 1:31.0
1st, heat 13
Unknown
4th, semifinal 1
Heats André Poulain Unknown
2nd, heat 2
Did not advance
Pierre Seginaud Unknown
2nd, heat 4
Richard Villepontoux Unknown
2nd, heat 7
Émile Marechal Unknown
2nd, heat 12
Gaston Delaplane Unknown
2nd, heat 15
G. Dreyfus Unknown
4th, heat 8
Georges Perrin Time limit exceeded
—, heat 16
Men's tandem 1st André Auffray
Maurice Schilles
3:11.4
1st, heat 5
2:46.2
1st, semifinal 2
3:07.6
Semi-
finalist
François Bonnet
Octave Lapize
3:06.8
1st, heat 6
Unknown
4th, semifinal 2
Did not advance
Heats Maurice Texier
Pierre Texier
Unknown
2nd, heat 2
Did not advance
Charles Avrillon
Joseph Guyader
Unknown
2nd, heat 3
Gaston Dreyfus
André Poulain
Unknown
2nd, heat 7
Men's team pursuit Heats André Auffray
Émile Demangel
Émile Marechal
Maurice Schilles
2:32.0
2nd, heat 4
Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

France swept the épée competitions, taking all three individual medals and the team gold.

Event Place Fencer First
round
Second
round
Semi-
final
Final
Men's épée 1st Gaston Alibert 7-1 (1st in E) 4-0 (1st in 3) 7-2 (1st in 1) 7-2
2nd Alexandre Lippmann 4-1 (1st in L) 4-1 (1st in 5) 5-4 (3rd in 2) 5-3
3rd Eugène Olivier 3-2 (3rd in J) 2-1 (1st in 8) 5-4 (3rd in 2) 4-3
Semi-
finalist
Henri-Georges Berger 7-0 (1st in D) 3-2 (2nd in 3) 4-5 (5th in 1) Did not advance
Jean Stern 4-1 (1st in M) 4-2 (2nd in 1) 3-4 (5th in 2)
Second
round
Jacques Rodocanachi 3-3 (3rd in H) 2-2 (3rd in 2) Did not advance
Bernard Gravier 4-2 (2nd in A) 2-2 (3rd in 4)
Charles Collignon 5-2 (2nd in B) 1-3 (3rd in 6)
René Quenessen 5-3 (2nd in I) 1-2 (3rd in 8)
Joseph Marais 5-0 (1st in C) 1-3 (5th in 4)
First
round
Frédéric Dubordieu 4-3 (4th in G) Did not advance
Men's sabre 7th Georges de la Falaise 3-1 (1st in F) 2-1 (1st in 8) 4-3 (3rd in 1) 1-6
Semi-
finalist
Bertrand Marie de Lesseps 4-1 (1st in H) 3-0 (1st in 4) 1-6 (8th in 1) Did not advance
Second
round
René Lateux 2-2 (2nd in D) 1-3 (5th in 1) Did not advance
First
round
Jean de Mas Latrie 2-3 (4th in A) Did not advance
Jean-Joseph Renaud 3-2 (4th in C)
Georges Langevin 0-3 (4th in E)
Louis Chapuis 3-2 (4th in L)
Marc Perrodon 3-2 (4th in M)
Ismaël de Lesseps 1-4 (5th in G)
Jacques de Saint-Brisson 0-5 (6th in I)
Jean Mikorski 2-5 (8th in J)
Event Place Fencers Play-in
match
First
round
Semi-
finals
Final Repechage Silver
medal match
Men's team épée 1st Gaston Alibert (1st, sf, f)
Henri-Georges Berger (sf)
Charles Collignon (sf)
Eugène Olivier (sf, f)
Bernard Gravier (1st, f)[1]
Alexandre Lippmann (1st, f)[1]
Jean Stern (1st)[1]
Bye Defeated Denmark
10-6
Advanced to
semifinals
Defeated Great Britain
12-5
Advanced to
final
Defeated Belgium
9-7
Won
gold medal
Not relegated
Men's team sabre 4th Georges de la Falaise
Bertrand Marie de Lesseps
Marc Perrodon
Jean-Joseph Renaud
Not held Defeated Belgium
10-6
Advanced to
semifinals
Lost to Bohemia
9-7
Out
4th place
Did not advance Not relegated

Football[edit]

France was represented by the France national football team, split into two squads. Each faced Denmark in its first match, with France coming off the loser both times.

Event Place Players First round Semifinals Final Bronze match
Men's football 4th Yves Albert, Georges Bayrou, Gaston Cypres, Jean Dubly,
Jean Fenouillere, Albert François (captain), Charles Renaux,
Émile Sartorius, Roland Schubart, Maurice Tillette, Ursule Wibaut
Bye Lost vs.
Denmark
17-1
Did not advance Not relegated
6th Charles Bilot, Serge Dastarac, Victor Denis, François Desrousseaux,
Marcel Eucher, Adrien Filez, Henri Holgart, Fernand Jenicot,
Paul Mathaux, E. Morillon, Jules Verlet (captain)
Lost vs.
Denmark
9-0
Did not advance Not relegated

Gymnastics[edit]

Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's all-around 3rd Louis Ségura 297
7th Marcel Lalu 258.75
8th Robert Diaz 258.5
10th Jules Rolland 249.5
11th François Nidal 249
14th Antoine Costa 241.75
18th Georges Turnheer 232
19th Jean Castigliano 227
Unknown Edouard Boislevé Unknown
Alfred Castille Unknown
Ferdinand Castille Unknown
Georges Charmoille Unknown
Victor Dubois Unknown
Dominique Follacci Unknown
E. Gauthier Unknown
F. Lekim Unknown
Justinien Lux Unknown
G. Mounier Unknown
Georges Ratelot Unknown
Event Place Gymnast Score
Men's team 5th Lucien Bogart, Albert Borizée, Henri de Breyne, Nicolas Constant, Charles Courtois, Louis Delattre, A. Delecluse, Louis Delecluse, Georges Demarle, Joseph Derov, Charles Desmarcheliers, Claude Desmarcheliers, Étienne Dharaney, Gérard Donnet, Émile Duhamel, A. Duponcheel, Paul Durin, A. Eggremont, G. Guiot, L. Hennebicq, Henri Hubert, Daniel Hudels, E. Labitte, L. Lestienne, R. Lis, Victor Magnier, G. Nys, Joseph Parent, Louis Pappe, V. Polidori, Gustave Pottier, Antoine Pinoy, Louis Sandray, Émile Schmoll, Edouard Steffe, E. Vercruysse, Hugo Vergin, E. Vicogne, Jules Walmée, G. Warlouzer 319

Hockey[edit]

Event Place Players First round Semifinals Final 5th/6th
Men's hockey 6th R. P. Aublin, D. Baidet, R. Benoit, André Bonnal,
L. Gautier, D. M. Girard, C. Pattin, L. Poupon,
F. Roux, René Salarnier, L. Saulnier
Lost vs.
GBR England
10-1
Did not advance Lost vs.
Germany
1-0
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Germany 0 1 .000
Great Britain 0 1 .000
Total 0 2 .000

Sailing[edit]

Class Place Boat Sailors
6 metre 3rd Guyoni Henri Arthus, Louis Potheau, Pierre Rabot

Shooting[edit]

Event Place Shooter Score
Men's 1000 yard free rifle 19th Raoul de Boigne 86
23rd André Angelini 85
28th Paul Colas 82
35th Léon Hecht 75
38th Daniel Merillon 69
39th Léon Moreaux 67
48th Léon Tétart 21
Men's 300 metre free rifle 8th Léon Johnson 835
25th Paul Colas 759
31st Maurice Lecoq 730
34th André Angelini 706
Men's team free rifle 3rd Léon Johnson
Eugène Balme
André Parmentier
Albert Courquin
Maurice Lecoq
Raoul de Boigne
4652
Men's team military rifle 4th Raoul de Boigne
Albert Courquin
Eugène Balme
Daniel Mérillon
Léon Hecht
André Parmentier
2227
Men's stationary target small-bore rifle 13th André Mercier 366
17th Léon Tétart 350
19th Henri Bonnefoy 304
Men's moving target small-bore rifle 10th Léon Johnson 13
14th André Mercier 10
15th Léon Tétart 9
Men's disappearing target small-bore rifle 19th André Mercier 30
21st Léon Johnson 24
22nd Léon Tétart 21
Men's team small-bore rifle 3rd Paul Colas
André Regaud
Léon Lécuyer
Henri Bonnefoy
710
Men's single-shot running deer 13th Léon Tétart 11
14th Maurice Robion du Pont 6
15th André Barbillat 3
Men's double-shot running deer 12th Léon Tétart 21
14th Maurice Robion du Pont 18
Men's individual pistol 6th André Barbillat 466
10th André Regaud 451
17th Léon Moreaux 438
22nd Jean Depassis 427
30th Léon Lécuyer 401
34th Maurice Robion du Pont 391
Men's team pistol 4th André Barbillat
André Regaud
Léon Moreaux
Jean Depassis
1750
Men's individual trap shooting 23rd Emile Béjot 28

Swimming[edit]

Event Place Swimmer Heats Semifinals Final
Men's 100 metre freestyle Heats Gérard Meister Unknown
3-5, heat 2
Did not advance
René André Unknown
4-5, heat 5
Men's 400 metre freestyle Henri Decoin Did not finish
—, heat 1
Did not advance
Men's 1500 metre freestyle Heats André Theuriet 32:37.0
3rd, heat 4
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Event Place Name Round
of 64
Round
of 32
Round
of 16
Quarter-
finals
Semi-
finals
Final
Men's singles 5th Maurice Germot Bye Defeated Schomburgk Bye Lost to Ritchie Did not advance
Opponent nation Wins Losses Percent
Germany 1 0 1.000
Great Britain 0 1 .000
Total 1 1 .500

Water motorsports[edit]

France had one boat enter competition in the motorboating events, winning a gold medal when that boat ended up being the only finisher in the open class.

Event Place Boat Sailors Result
Class A — Open class 1st Camille Emile Thubron
3 other crew members
Did not start (first race)
Finished (second race)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c This fencer competed in the team event, but is not listed in the IOC medallist database.

References[edit]